McCandless Leads No. 2 Engineers to NCAA Regional Title

McCandless Leads No. 2 Engineers to NCAA Regional Title

THE BASICS:

- Location: Stanley Park - Westfield, Mass.

- The Lead: Led by freshman NCAA regional runner-up Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.), the No. 2 ranked MIT women's cross country team advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship with a three-point victory over No. 5 ranked Williams College. The Engineers finished with 68 points as the team placed four runners in the top 20 overall finishers. The regional title is the fourth in program history and first since 2014.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- McCandless continued her spectacular rookie season as she finished in second place in 21:16.40 and just 2.11 seconds behind the winner. Sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) was next for MIT in 11th place in 21:38.18, followed by 2015 regional champion Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) in 12th place with a time of 21:40.47. Senior Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) was the final Engineer inside the top 20 in 18th place in 21:52.32, followed by junior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii) as the team's final scoring runner in 25th place at 22:05.15.

- Rounding out the lineup for MIT was freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) in 54th place in 22:32.14 and sophomore Jenny Xu (Cupertino, Calif.), who crossed in 137th place with a time of 23:56.14.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, November 19th as the Engineers travel to Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. for the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championships. More information will be available on Monday at www.ncaa.com.

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